Sunday, November 23rd, 2014

Cover for Drabblecast episode 343, Captain Confederation, by Joe BotschCaptain Confederation was annoyed when he got off the elevator and it showed. It would have been so simple and logical for him to land on the roof of the Superhero Administration Centre, or in the ample grounds surrounding it, but these alternatives were no longer open to him. Last month Transport Canada had proposed a regulation requiring superheroes to take off and land from helipads unless actually fighting crime, and for some inexplicable reason the Department of Superhero Affairs had gone along with it.

 

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This story first appeared on AEscifi.ca, May 2013.
Episode Art:  Joe Botsch
Read by:  Rich Fish

Twabble:  “I look like a blimp since that teleporter accident with the sea cow. Wherever I go, people exclaim, "Oh, the humanatee!” ”  by  The_Hol-Man

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Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

Cover for Drabblecast B-Sides 48, Last Son of Tomorrow, by Bo KaierJohn was born with powers and abilities far beyond those of mortal men, and he often wondered why. But as a boy, it was simply wonderful to have those abilities. He could lift his father’s tractor overhead before he learned to read. He could outrace a galloping horse. He couldn’t be cut or bruised or burned. He could fly…

First appeared in May, 2009, on Tor.com.
Episode Art:  Bo Kaier
Read by:  Dave Thompson
Music by:   "The Curse" by Josh Ritter

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Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

Cover for Drabblecast episode 226, The Heroics of Interior Design, by Skeet ScienskiI can’t fly faster than a speeding bullet. I can’t lift a car. I can’t climb slick surfaces with my bare hands or breath underwater or stop time. All I can do is change blue things to yellow. I didn’t bother to buy a cape or a spandex suit like the others. I just bought a blouse and some slacks and went into interior design…

This episode of the Drabblecast explores the idea of being happy with yourself as a unique individual. In the drabble, the titular imaginary runner is invented as part of a game to pass time in the car, but meets a tragic end. In the feature, a woman with a minor Gift (turning blue things yellow) in a world of high-powered superheroes struggles to find a niche.

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First published in The Colored Lens #1, Autumn 2011. Contest: Become a Tim Pratt Character!
Our new Submissions address: submissions@drabblecast.org
Episode Art:  Skeet Scienski
Read by:  Veronica Giguere

Twabble:  “My Angry Birds expertise proved me the best. The admirals all agreed I was Earth's last, best hope. My catapult awaited. ”  by  Dolohov

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  •  Feature:  A Matter of Size  by  Robert Jeschonek
  •  Drabble:  Ménage à trois  by  Liz Pennies
  •  Genre:  Action  Drabblecast  Drama  Mystery

Saturday, January 15th, 2011

Cover for Drabblecast episode 195, A Matter of Size, by Arron Cambridge“Wow.” Tiny Tim shakes his head slowly. Peels off his crimson domino mask and slaps it down on the meeting table. “That makes three of us.”

“We’re marked men….” Dust Mite’s voice trembles. He tugs at the hood of his pale gray body suit. “Every costumed avenger with the power to shrink…”

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A Drabblecast original story. Orbital Maneuvers by RC Davidson {episode sponsor}
Episode Art:  Arron Cambridge
Music by:   Norm ShermanGringo MotelRichard CheeseVitamin String QuartetJeff Toyne, Mumford & SonsPhil CuneffHelen LongFlopsySteve Cornish

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  •  Feature:  Dr. Diablo Goes Through the Motions  by  Saladin Ahmed
  •  Drabble:  Dear Occupant  by  Nathan Lee
  •  Genre:  Action  Comedy  Drabblecast

Friday, April 9th, 2010

Cover for Drabblecast episode 158, Doctor Diablo Goes Through the Motions, by Skeet ScienskiOverlord always goes on like this when all he really has to do is slap down a dossier with “This Guy Needs His Ass Handed to Him” stamped on the cover. I’m just cutting to the chase.

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Originally published in Strange Horizons, 15 February 2010.
Episode Art:  Skeet Scienski

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Friday, December 14th, 2007

Cover for Drabblecast episode 42, 40 Quarters, by Jonathan Wilson“Your work does sound most commendable, but I’m afraid there’s nothing I can do.  Volunteer work, no matter how worthy, doesn’t pay taxes.  There’s no such thing as a free lunch…”

Building on last episode’s interest in a Nigerian scam spame e-mail, Norm announces the first annual “Nigerian Scam Spam E-mail Contest,” arising from listener Strawman’s suggestion. We move on to the feature story, whose author Tom Williams appeared before on episode #30, “2084.” This week, Mr. Williams writes about a cynical Social Security officer who tires of the hard-luck cases he hears on a daily basis, deciding “there ain’t nobody but workers and slackers.” A special individual arrives to remind our protagonist of the truth of the social contract.

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A Drabblecast original story.
Episode Art:  Jonathan Wilson

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Wednesday, July 18th, 2007

Cover for Drabblecast episode 21, Phosphorescent Avenger, by David FlettJell, Porp and Oct decide to stick it to the man…

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A Drabblecast original story.

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